France-baseball.com announced that French female ball player, Melissa Mayeux will make her first steps in the French Division 1 with the Montpellier Barracudas.
Mayeux became an instant international celebrity after she attended the MLB academies last year, being the first female to do so. Sports and news websites like ESPN, NY Daily News and Sportsnet.ca, all paid attention to the unique performance.
According to the coaches at the MLB academies, she was doing as well as her male colleagues did.
One of the coaches of the MLB Europe Elite camp, Steve Finley stated:
“First of all, she’s a great athlete, and very coachable,” Finley said. “It says something that she’s immediately been accepted by the boys.”
Mayeux has an impressive resume. She has played shortstop for the French U-18 team, and she competes on the French senior softball team.
Melissa will be the first female who will play in the French Division 1.
Last year, the Montpellier Barracudas made it to the championship series. After beating the Rouen Huskies 4-0 in game one, they fell in four as they lost the next three games
(3-3, 6-4, and 6-4).
It remains to be seen if she will play on her natural position, but the fact that she made the flagship team of the Barracudas is a very remarkable feat.